Rehearsal images have been released for the brand-new show Tempest from the multi-award-winning company behind the Edinburgh Fringe hit Electrolyte.
Directed and adapted by Electrolyte’s James Meteyard, and with original music from BBC Young Composer of the Year Jasmine Morris, Wildcard Theatre apply their infamous gig-theatre style to Shakespeare’s final play.
Banished to a mystical island with nothing but their magical books, Prospero waits in isolation for twelve long years. Consumed by a desire for revenge, they forge a new life with their daughter Miranda, slave Caliban and servant-spirit, Ariel.
Using Ariel, and all his qualities, Prospero conducts a terrible storm to shipwreck their enemies, stranding them in Prospero’s new kingdom.
Divided, lost and confused, the group find themselves at the mercy of twisted vengeance. But will Prospero’s bitterness destroy them, or will humanity prevail?
Underscored by live music, featuring newly composed songs, as well as Shakespearean originals, this adrenaline-fuelled reimagining brings a fresh perspective to a timeless classic.
Performed by a cast of nine actor-musicians, with a detailed sound design that immerses the audience in a rich audio world, this is Shakespeare like you have never experienced it before.
Tempest runs at Pleasance London from 11th March – 3rd April 2022.
Photo credit: Alice Gorman